Hallway Hieroglyphics: The D3 Project of the Month

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This week, we kicked off the very first “D3 Project of the Month”-Hallway Hieroglyphics! The challenge is to transform the experience of walking through the C:DAGS hallway with simple visuals that represent the school.  Rather than using permanent and messy media like paint or marker, the material palette is limited to colored masking tape.  The project utilizes the D3 methodology to help students translate broad concepts into refined visual iconography.  With the help of two students from Ms. Owens Game & Design class, the first hieroglyph we installed today was well received, with many students and teachers wanting to take the project into their own classrooms.  The era of anonymous, barren walls at C:DAGS is over!

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The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

2 Comments on “Hallway Hieroglyphics: The D3 Project of the Month”

  1. Lids
    February 10, 2013 at 1:27 PM #

    This looks awesome! I’d love to hear about the materials you used. From the looks of the photos they look like you are using some sort of tape?

    • February 12, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

      Yes, the main material needed is masking tape. Students go through the D3 method to make sure there is a strong connection between the idea/theme and the visualization of it. Once they have gone through a few iterations, they use masking tape to represent their visualization in a physical space at the school.

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